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  • n  the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children
  • n  the quality of yielding nothing of value

  • It apparently never occurred to Isaac, sexagenarian son of Abraham, that Rebekah, big with twins after 20 years' barrenness, might have half betrayed him when she conceived .
  • The gray is punctuated with blazing strips of sand these are the open spaces farmed by Israeli settlers who raise crops in greenhouses to counter the barrenness of the dunes.
  • But as that guarantee of eternity has been paid for by stark barrenness, perhaps the real underlying truth of the Orkneys is that fertility must always be temporary.
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  • Respect Mother Earth
    In September, scientists from more than 200 countries gathered to remind us that mankind is 95-percent responsible for global warming. As our unmanned space craft drift out of the solar system and galactic telescopes reach further into space, we have found nothing but a beautiful barrenness, devoid of life.
    Nov. 2, 2013 - Miami Herald

  • Pope Benedict XVI in BBC News
    The men and women in our technical age risk becoming victims of their own intellectual and technical achievements, ending up in spiritual barrenness and emptiness of heart,the Pope said.
  • Richard Gere in Reuters India
    It is the emotional barrenness of the job which is the culprit,Gere told reporters before the event. "The trucker community has to help each other out to change their behaviour. That's where real change will come."
  • Eric Hoffer in Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
    The longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer, writing about the crowds who cheered Mussolini and Hitler, said "a rising mass movement attracts and holds a following not by its doctrine but by the refuge it offers from the anxieties, barrenness and...

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